Waiting on Wednesday: The Archived by Victoria Schwab

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases we’re eagerly anticipating.

The description for this book infiltrated my imagination and I can hardly wait to immerse myself in its pages. That’s why this week I’m sharing The Archived by Victoria Schwab as my Waiting on Wednesday pick.

The Archived (The Archived #1)Expected publication: January 22nd 2013 by Hyperion
ISBN: 1423157311 (ISBN13: 9781423157311)

Synopsis (taken from Goodreads): Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.

Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.

Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was, a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often-violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.

Being a Keeper isn’t just dangerous-it’s a constant reminder of those Mac has lost. Da’s death was hard enough, but now her little brother is gone too. Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself might crumble and fall.

In this haunting, richly imagined novel, Victoria Schwab reveals the thin lines between past and present, love and pain, trust and deceit, unbearable loss and hard-won redemption.

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  • Hi, Missy!

    Thanks for visiting and commenting on my WOW!

    I’m waiting on this book, too1 I love the originality of the plot, as well as its mysterious tone. And that cover…….just STUNNING. I LOVE the color blue!

    Thanks for featuring this book!! : )

    • M. Frye

      Maria, the originality definitely pulled me in. It’s so easy to get stuck in a rut and I think this will be a departure from the current trends.

      Thanks for visiting my WoW!

  • This one sure has been popular lately! I’m still not sure if I will read it or not but it is intriguing. Thanks for sharing! ^.^ If you would like to check out my Waiting On Wednesday you can do so here. 🙂

    • M. Frye

      Eric, I admit that this one probably won’t appeal to the masses.

      Thanks for visiting my blog!

  • This one definitely sounds interesting and I would love to read it. I already have it on my to-read list. Great pick! I hope you enjoy it!
    Come check out my WoW post.

    • M. Frye

      Great minds think alike, Martina. Or at least minds with the same tastes in books. LOL

      Thanks for stopping by!

  • I’ve seen this on netgalley but never read the synopsis before. It sounds really interesting. Strange concept. But interesting. I don’t know if I’ll read it. (probably, if I see it. I read almost anything.)

    Thanks for stopping by my WOW!

    • M. Frye

      It is a strange concept and probably not something that will appeal to the masses.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  • Dani C.

    Looks like I will have to add this to my TBR list as well! Thanks for spotlighting it!

    • M. Frye

      Thanks for stopping by, Dani!

  • lindsay cummings

    I adore this author! got a copy of this and can’t wait to dig into it!!

    stop by my post?! I got lucky and was able to review my WOW pick!


    • M. Frye

      Lindsay, be sure to let me know what you think of The Archived. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Ashley W

    I have heard great things about this book! I can’t wait for it to come out either.
    Here’s my WoW.

    • M. Frye

      Word of mouth is what made me add this to my list. Thanks for stopping by!